John Cena Might Might Star In A Duke Nukem Movie

John Cena Might Might Star In A Duke Nukem Movie

According to a story on The Hollywood Reporter, John Cena is in talks to star as Duke Nukem in a “a star vehicle” film for the former wrestler.

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There is no director or writer attached to the project at the moment; right now it’s all on paper as a means to get Cena on the big screen in an action role.

Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes will be making the movie.

In case you need reminding, Duke Nukem – once a popular video game star with a critically and commercially successful series under his belt – has been a bit of a laughing stock since the disastrous release in 2011 of Duke Nukem Forever.


  • ah yes, what a great time to make a film about a white male power fantasy who treats women like garbage. I don’t foresee any backlash there.

  • Ewww can we not? I mean, I still love the old DN3D titles, but it won’t translate to film well without losing a lot of what makes it Duke Nukem.

    • It would need to be funny because much of what made Duke wouldn’t work seriously in this day and age.

      I always imagined Ash from Evil Dead as a pretty good example, partly because they shared catch phrases, but mostly because despite being a dork, he still comes off as cool.

    • While i agree that it probably wont translate well. He comes from an era where over the top action heroes were almost dead and it satired those under his persona along with pop cultural jokes. With out some smart jokes and possibly dubbing Jon st. John over John Cena it prob wont satisfy, but like anything im curious to see the outcome.

  • If treated properly with decent writing, there could be an opportunity for a deconstruction of the misogynistic action hero trope and introduce some character growth.
    Ah, who am I kidding? It will be mindless tripe fraught with issues for some and crapping all over fond memories for others. It will suck.

  • I’d like to say they could use the opportunity to try to reinvent Duke and make him popular again, but…

    Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes will be making the movie.

  • I guess the easiest way to do this would be to take a bit of Captain America and a lot of Austin Powers and make it about bringing a simple, stereotypical character into a more nuanced world.

    Still a lot of room for that to be very very bad, but I feel like lampshading the whole thing is likely to be the only way this might work.

  • Woo hoo! Been waiting for years and years for duke movie. You all read to much into it. Babes, bikes and dead pigs! Its a movie for shits and giggles, us fans will love it.

  • I say yeah why not. Cena does look the part and this role wouldn’t require too much acting. It’s not a dark theme like Doom, it just has to be a fun movie about shooting aliens. Most videogame movies try to take themselves too seriously so this might be one that pushes itself in the other direction. Plus no one expects a duke nukem movie to be good so what do thet have to lose?

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